Tag Archives: Jennifer Keesmaat

Can a goose play chicken?

[caption id="attachment_3205" align="alignleft" width="400"] why can't it just stand on its own two feet?[/caption] Toronto as a City State… the idle speculations of big thinkers like Jennifer Keesmaat and Richard Florida seem like faint and distant memories now. As predicted here, the Premier’s hits on the City just keep coming, and no one will intervene…
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Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

You know what’s wrong with good ideas?  They demand that we shed our preconceptions and act on a new premise.  You cannot with sincerity say, “what a great idea!” without next thinking, “we really ought to try that”.  Because of that compulsion to act, the best ideas often remain undeclared, are politely ignored, or are…
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running off in all directions

Last Sunday, The Toronto Sun told us everything we need to know about how the 2018 mayoral race will be conducted.  Go straight to your parakeet cage and tell Petey to hop up on his little trapeze so you can extract the paper, take it to the balcony, shake off all the dried turds and…
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Edifice Complex: Toronto’s billion-dollar “spectator sport”

I want to understand why the erection of Frank Gehry’s towers, or the gleam in David Mirvish’s eye, makes thoughtful people like Christopher Hume weak in the knees. A year ago, I wrote about all the ways we sabotage our plan for the City of Toronto.  It was a response to how Mirvish had tied Toronto’s…
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